Cech backs Andre appointment

The Blues have turned to the 33-year-old Portuguese after ending

the 2010/11 campaign empty-handed. A lack of silverware cost Carlo

Ancelotti his job, with owner Roman Abramovich not a man to

tolerate failure. Villas-Boas arrives at Stamford Bridge with a

reputation as the most promising young coach in European football,

having made his name with Porto. The similarities to former Blues

boss Jose Mourinho are there for all to see, with the now Real

Madrid manager having helped to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around

during his time at the club. Villas-Boas, who worked under Mourinho

during his time in England, is now expected to follow the lead of

his former mentor, and Cech is confident he can do just that. He

told Sky Sports News: “Since he started coaching as a manager by

himself, everything he has done has been a big success so I believe

he is a great choice and I hope that he is going to prove this on

the pitch. “He has got the pedigree and he has got the experience

of being at the club, many years ago. He knows what it means to be

at Chelsea and to be in the Premier League. “The club has changed

since he left and he’s changed since he left, but I think he can be

a big advantage and I’m pleased because he is a new manager who is

young and ambitious and I hope he will bring success to us.” By

taking the reins at Stamford Bridge, the 33-year-old Villas-Boas

becomes the youngest manager in the Premier League. Some believe

his lack of experience at the highest level will count against him

and Chelsea, but Cech does not buy into that way of thinking. The

Czech goalkeeper added: “You don’t measure people by age, but by

quality. If you are 16 years of age at Chelsea and you are good

enough, you will play. If you are 18 years old and you are not good

enough, you don’t play. “I think it’s the same with the managers.

If you are 18 and capable of being a manager of a big club, the age

will not stop you doing so. If you are 33 managing a top club, age

shouldn’t limit you. I believe it will not be a limit.”